WSBK racer of Indonesian descent rides the podium in Mandalika, his motorbike is Gahar


Michael van der Mark, a BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team racer from the Netherlands, won the third podium in Race 2 of the World Superbike (SBK) race which was held at the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit in Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. Michael van der Mark, who is of Indonesian descent, rides a powerful motorbike from BMW Motorrad.

Michael van der Mark is a racer who was born in the Netherlands, October 26, 1992. On his Instagram, Michael van der Mark once admitted that he was of Indonesian descent. He said his grandmother was from Ambon.

“I got a lot of questions on my insta story from a few days ago. Yes, I am indeed of Indonesian blood! My grandmother is from Ambon, my mother is 50% Indonesian. That’s why I like to eat Indonesian food # Selamatmakan #May God Bless You,” he wrote in a post on Instagram in 2017.


In the last World SBK race held in Mandalika last weekend, Michael van der Mark managed to finish third behind Jonathan Rea and Scott Redding. The powerful BMW M 1000 RR motorbike took him to the third podium.

Michael van der Mark, WSBK racer of Indonesian descent Wins Podium in Mandalika Photo: Doc. BMW Group

“When Race 2 was unfortunately postponed but it was the right decision. When we went to the race the track was really wet and there was still a little rain. I knew that the track would have a lot of grip and these 12 laps I thought was long enough. I had a start. a good one and a good first round. It was a lot of fun and at some point I fought Toprak. We had some really good battles on the track, it went back and forth and I really enjoyed it. To finish the season in third place is amazing, always fun to finish the season on the podium and especially knowing we had so much fun,” said Michael van der Mark.

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Michael van der Mark, WSBK racer of Indonesian descent wins the podium in MandalikaMichael van der Mark, WSBK racer of Indonesian descent Wins Podium in Mandalika Photo: Doc. BMW Group

Michael van der Mark’s BMW M 1000 RR is the first M model from BMW Motorrad, which is based on the 2020 S 1000 RR. The development of the M RR itself follows the success of the M Series which began at the end of 2018.

The BMW M 1000 RR is a high-performance sports bike, wrapped like a racing motorbike. This motor has more power and torque than the S 1000 RR model.

Following are the specifications of the BMW M 1000 RR:

  • Engine: Four cylinders inline four titanium valves per cylinder with BMW ShiftCam 999 cc
  • Power: 205 horsepower at 13,000 rpm
  • Torque: 112.5 Nm at 11,000 rpm
  • Compression ratio: 13.5:1
  • Clutch: Wet with multiplate, slipper clutch
  • Gearbox: 6 speed
  • Traction Control: BMW Motorrad DTC
  • Sasis: Bridge-type frame, cast aluminum
  • Front suspension: Upside-down, with compression, rebound and preload settings
  • Rear suspension: Aluminum swing arm
  • Velg: M Carbon Wheels
  • Front tire: 120/70 ZR 17
  • Rear tires: 200/55 ZR 17
  • Rem depan: Twin disc brake, M Brake 4-piston fixed caliper, 5 mm diameter 320 mm
  • Rem belakang: Single disc brake, 2-piston fixed caliper, diameter 220 mm.

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